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Read information about Jolessa below to learn about its common uses. If you have questions about this medicine, please consult with your doctor or pharmacist and be sure to inform them of all the medications you are currently taking.
- Use this medicine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with this medicine. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Take this medicine by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
- Do not remove the tablet from the blister packaging until you are ready to take this medicine.
- Begin taking this medicine on the first Sunday following the start of your period, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. If your period begins on a Sunday, begin taking this medicine on that day.
- If you are switching from another form of hormonal birth control to this medicine, be sure you know when you should start taking this medicine. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about how to switch from another form of hormonal birth control to this medicine.
- Try to take this medicine at the same time every day, not more than 24 hours apart. After taking the last pill in the pack, start taking the first pill from a new pack the very next day.
- For this medicine to be effective it must be taken every day. Do not skip doses, even if you are spotting, bleeding, or nauseous. Do not skip pills even if you do not have sex very often.
- If you miss 1 dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. Take your next dose at the regular time. This means you may take 2 doses on the same day. You do not need to use a backup method of birth control if you only miss 1 pill. If you miss more than 1 dose of this medicine, read the extra patient information leaflet that comes with this medicine or contact your doctor for instructions. You must use a backup method of birth control if you miss more than 1 dose of this medicine. If you are not sure about how to handle missed doses, use an extra form of birth control (eg, condoms) until you talk with your doctor.
- Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use this medicine.
- All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects.
- Acne; breast tenderness or enlargement; changes in appetite; changes in weight; dizziness; headache; loss of scalp hair; nausea; nervousness; stomach cramps or bloating;
- vaginal spotting or breakthrough bleeding;
- Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness);
- absent menstrual period;
- breast discharge; breast lumps; calf or leg pain, swelling, or tenderness; change in amount of urine produced; chest pain or heaviness; confusion; coughing of blood; dark urine; fainting; mental or mood changes (eg, depression); migraines; numbness of an arm or leg; one-sided weakness; pale stools; persistent, severe, or recurring headache or dizziness;
- persistent vaginal spotting;
- severe pain or tenderness in the stomach; shortness of breath; slurred speech; sudden severe headache or vomiting; swelling of the fingers, hands, legs, or ankles;
- unusual or severe vaginal bleeding;
- unusual tiredness or weakness;
- vaginal irritation, discharge, or change in secretions;
- vision changes (eg, sudden vision loss, double vision); yellowing of the skin or eyes (with or without fever).
- This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch